Pictures from Fall Preview Pitzer Days!

Admission Fellows Joahna Ruffin, Suhail Sheikh, and Misa Kabashima join Admission Counselor Danny Irving by the pool in front of our Gold LEED certified First-Year residence halls. Not bad for November, eh?

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Families arriving on a beautiful Southern California morning!

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That’s me in the purple, just gushing with enthusiasm to some prospective families!

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Here are some of our dedicated student-workers laboring away to inflate biodegradable balloons early in the morning.

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Emma and Chris, Office of Admission student-workers, welcoming prospective families to campus. Cecil, do you feel left out?

Emma and Chris Preview 2009

Posted Adam Rosenzweig, Admission Counselor


Happy Turkey Day

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!!!!!!

So it is official! Mark your calendars! November 26!
Winter has begun in Southern California
(Isn’t life grand)

Today was our first heavy day of rain. I am a little confused though. It was pouring when we came back from lunch, but now it is sunny, lightly showering and about 72 degrees outside.

Weather be damned, our tour still left on time. Chris, our tour guide, was loving the rain and started off without using his umbrella. Isn’t he great?

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So to sweeten your Thanksgiving feast, we in the Pitzer Admission Office have decided to hold a competition. This competition was Justin’s idea, so we let him write the introduction.

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Haiku contest on the blog
Best counselor winsThat’s right boys and girls we are having a haiku competition.
For those of you who are unfamiliar with the art of haiku, a haiku is a form of Japanese poetry consisting of seventeen syllables in three metric phrases of 5, 7 then 5. In Japanese they are written in a single vertical line, while in English they are broken down into three sentences.
For example:Haikus are super
Five, seven, five syllables
Danny is the best

And since I don’t want Justin to become the center of the blog…. I figured I would include another haiku of my own and this time it’s seasonal.

Turkeys taste good
Cecil is not a turkey
Don’t eat the Sagehens

So next week each counselor will write their own haiku and I will anonymously post them to the blog. The winner will be decided by you, the students, and whichever haiku receives the most votes wins bragging rights and the ultimate respect of the office. (we might have to make a crown)

Now that I have given you something to look forward to, here are some pictures from the second Preview Pitzer Day on Nov 14.

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Well before you go enjoying your turkey, lets play another round of…

Where in the World is Cecil the Sagehen?

This week is extra hard so double points if you get it correct.

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Where is Cecil this Week?

Posted by Danny Irving, Admission Counselor

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I’m Back (and Preview Pitzer Days!)

Hello again! So I know I haven’t posted in a while, life has been super hectic, but I have a long post to make up for it. The last time you heard from me I was off to Miami and it great. Unfortunately the weather didn’t seem to follow me from California and it was a bit rainy and humid, but Cecil and I didn’t let that spoil our adventures.

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Bienvenidos a Miami Cecil

I went to a number of college fairs while in Miami and Cecil got front row seats for all of them.

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Really what has been keeping me busy was Preview Pitzer Days. These events both went extremely well and I just want to say thank you to everyone that worked hard to put these events together. Every prospective student I talked enjoyed the events thoroughly.

The first Preview Pitzer Day coincided with our fall Diversity Program, which was also a smashing hit if I do say so myself.

The arrival time was a little bit crazy, as you can see.


Say hello to some of the students from the program.
And we can’t forget out fabulous overnight hosts.

Unfortunately, these are all the pictures I have from the program at the moment, but if anyone from the program has pictures please email them to me.

We did have one snag in the program though. On Friday night we went out to Universal City Walk, outside of Universal Studios. It seemed like everyone was having a great time, the three interns, Constance and I went out for dinner at Bubba Gump Shrimp, I watched some break dancing, and went shopping, when I got a phone call from one of the students about curfew. Now excuse my ignorant San Diegan background because in SD our curfew basically means as a minor you can’t be loitering or hanging out at the beach after a certain time. Apparently in LA it means that after 10:00pm you can’t be out at all. So as I ran out of City Walk trying to find all of the prospective students I figured out that at City Walk 5 Curfew Squad officers walk shoulder to shoulder and kick out anyone under 18 who wasn’t with a guardian. Fortunately there weren’t any issues with the Curfew Squad and it turned out our bus had shown up early so everything worked out, but I nearly had a heart attack when I got that phone call.

The November 7th Preview Pitzer Day was also a smashing hit. For those of you who don’t know, Preview Pitzer Days are special days for students to come check out campus.

Here are some highlights of the day…

Faculty Panel
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Students watching the faculty panel

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Parents questioning the students
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Prospective students questioning the student panel.
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Lunch with the parents, faculty, and staff.

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And Cecil even got some refreshments.

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If you didn’t have a chance to check out the Preview Pitzer Days we also do two days during the spring for admitted students, so you still have a second chance!
In terms of my life I am down to my last two days of school visits, Whooohoooo, one in the Inland Empire and the other in Long Beach. Even though it makes me sad that I won’t be visiting your high schools for another year, we still have a number of saved up pictures so we can keep playing…
Where in the World is Cecil the Sagehen?
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Where is Cecil this time?

Posted by Danny Irving, Admission Counselor

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